Monday: Hello Rest Day, I'm happy to see you again! My left calf was screaming at me. It felt like I had no elasticity at all. If I sat down for too long, walking when I got up became a problem. Once I walked around for a bit, the muscle warmed up & it was manageable. I spent the evening alternating stretching & my heating pad. I've found heat works much better for me than ice. Yes, contrary to all the literature out there... I'm just weird like that, I guess.
Tuesday: I missed the morning run on purpose. When I woke up, my calf was still tight so I decided to err on the side of caution & play the wait-&-see game. After work, I headed to the gym & got my 3 miles in as a warm-up for my weight session. Trainer & I spent a lot of time talking diet because I suck at balancing the food properly.
Wednesday: I was supposed to run 4 miles, but I just didn't feel like it. I woke up on time, but just wasn't feeling it. Then I thought I'd do it after work, but decided to prepare some new food items instead. After that, it was another trip to the vet for BigDog. When I got home from that, I watched the latest episode of The Good Wife on AppleTV. There are days that you just don't have the spirit. This was one of those days. I really felt like I needed a bit of break, so I took one. I stuck to the meal plan, though. I only gave my body a break. I didn't regret it at all.
Thursday: Woke up naturally at 0400 only slightly groggy. That early in the morning, there are no excuses. I pulled myself together & mounted the treadmill for the 4 miles I missed the previous day. And struggled the entire time. At 2.5 miles, I needed to take a walk break. I made it 3 miles & thought I could last... but I only lasted to 3.05 miles. I think my body didn't have the fuel it needed to get the job done & was thankful it was Day #1 of a few new items to the meal plan. After work, I hit the gym for my weight session. To warm up, I ran 1.6 miles. So I ended up with 4.6 miles today, & my first double-run day. Ever. ...there's always a silver lining.
I also tried UnderArmour Charged Cotton for the first time. I hate cotton for working out & running. I'm a micro-fiber kind of girl. But it seems like UnderArmour micro-fiber is tough to come by these days, so I thought I'd give the new wonderfabric a try. And it held up. It's super soft of the skin & worked great at the gym.
Friday: Would normally be a rest day, but the schedule was a day behind due to the unplanned Wednesday rest day. I realized Thursday night I would not want to wake up early & log miles before work. There are days you know you'll do okay if you're just realistic with yourself; this was one of those days. The 0430 wake up call was not happening. Instead, I decided to pop onto my t-mill after work. And since I set the intention Thursday night, success was much easier to attain. Also, the new additions/changes to the meal plan helped. Much more energy to be active, which helps physically and emotionally to get the job done. So instead of sucking thru 3 miles at 0430, I felt recharged & refreshed after my 3 mile post-work run.
I also tried out Sparkly Soul headbands! I bought a thin & a thick band to try out. I have bangs, so it's always tough finding something that'll hold them back & not slip off my head. So far, so good! This thing lasted my entire pace run. And the thick one sits nicely on my head after a shower. Color me impressed!
|Pink & cute|
|Not exactly healthy, but mostly okay pre-race.|
|No fighting this mess.|
So there's Week 5. My diet has gone a little wonky during the weekend, so I'm looking forward to getting back on track with my eating. I'm finally feeling confident that I can get this half marathon done & complete. It's a good feeling.
|Classic Supergirl pose.|